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Old 02-09-2015, 12:28 PM   #11
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Wife and I bought our new Salem in fall of 2013. Camped several times in 2013 and many times in 2014. We ended up camping much more than we originally thought, and we live in our camper for the entire month of August each year, and we'll be doing a lot more weekends going forward. The more time we spend in our camper we realize there are some little things that we would like to improve upon. We are considering trading for a new Flagstaff that seems to address all out current issues. I've never been inside a Flagstaff but watched 100 youtube videos. We are going to check out the Flagstaff line in person at our dealer tomorrow.

I know I am going to take a beating on any trade of my Salem. Our original plan was to keep it for 5 years before trading again... but I have the fever now and might take the hit, not sure yet.

Am I the only one this has ever happened to? Am I crazy for even considering this? Our current Salem is the nicest camper we have ever owned, and is very close to meeting our needs, but not absolutely ideal...
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:33 PM   #12
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You always take a bit of a beating on trade ins as dealers want to make money on the trade plus the unit you are buying. If you buy an ideal unit, you will quickly find some shortcomings with it. My suggestion would be to put it up for sale privately and if you can get a decent price, then go out and buy the one your wife loves. I kept my first two Coachmen trailers 12 and eight years and didn't do too badly. There is no perfect RV whether it's a pop up or high end motor home.

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Old 02-09-2015, 12:42 PM   #13
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1. Yes, you are crazy.
2. Yes, you will take a financial beating. We traded our two-year-old Flagstaff 21FBRS for a new Flagstaff 8528RKWS fiver and took a beating, but it was worth it.
3. When the fever is at its worst, put all the information and plans away in a drawer for 30 days. If the fever hasn't subsided by then, you are a goner!
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:45 PM   #14
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:46 PM   #15
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You really don't know what you want or need in an RV until you have owned one or two or five or six. I only had our last 5th wheel for a year and a half, (it didn't like me) I loved the layout, but we had so many problems with it, we were getting tired of going out because it alway seemed another isssue, so we traded in our 5th wheel for our Georgetown XL and we love it.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:51 PM   #16
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Now is a good time to put it up for sale. People will start thinking about RVs. Use yours as you may and soon you will get that call/email/response you have been waiting for. It's not like you have to sell it. And as long as it is in good shape it will sell. There are people out there that also want to upgrade to what you have.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:59 PM   #17
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I always wondered how the dealer was able to offer me such great deals... joked to my husband that the dealer must be into money laundrying. The deals were too good, esp. when they took one in trailer sight unseen! This past yr. I was speaking to another RV owner, she said that he father was associated with a different but a local dealership. She shared that he father indicated that the MSRP was inflated by as much as 100%.The bluebook price on my SilverBack today is about what I paid for it 3 years ago!
I'd was upgrading every 3 yrs. I'm finally were I want to be. My advice it KNOW what you want for you rig and KNOW what you want to pay for the new.... be prepared to walk away, at least twice! The only thing more fun is buying /trading cars!!
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:39 PM   #18
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No, you are not crazy. If you want a new camper, get a new camper. And don't let what people on the internet tell you otherwise. Its your money, use it as you see fit.

I had a pop-up that I camped in exactly one time. I found some things I loved about it, and some things i "less than loved". I then stumbled onto Hybrids that addressed all things I didn't like about my PUP, but still included the things I did like.

It would be the height of foolishness to try to make something 'work' that simply isnt right.

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Old 02-09-2015, 02:39 PM   #19
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If your crazy then I must be stark raving mad. I got my Salem in September and am going to sell it in April. We only camped in it once and it's a super nice trailer but it's just more than we need. Plus it's a tick heavier than I would like. Someone's going to get a great deal on a virtually new trailer. Get what you want and don't look back.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:26 PM   #20
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Your trailer will never be worth more that it is today. We have traded or sold our last 3 RV's before the warranty ran out. Traded in 3 and sold the last one on consignment. Took the greatest hit on the consignment. We now have our 4th and last (I hope) just the right size-32 feet and it's a 5er, Crusader. Before you buy check out the reviews on the models you are looking at. Good luck and good camping!

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